BMW 1997 E36 328i Convertible - Short To Ground Fault

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    Hi all,

    I have a 1997 e36 328i Convertible and the head gasket blew on it, the car has been sat around for roughly 18 months and has only recently been repaired and i must say for a head gasket repair its actually running better than it ever did

    However, upon trying to operate the roof on a nice sunny day, nothing happened. There is nothing happening when i press the roof down switch what so ever.

    I pulled the cord, disengaged the motors, dropped the roof manually and put it in position for re-initialisation and still nothing happened. I therefore asked a friend with diagnostics equipment to have a look and fault code 1 comes up "Short To Ground Fault"

    I do not have a clue where to start but being a 14 year old car, i dont want to take it to bmw and spend fortunes on it before asking a few questions.

    1st Q: Has anyone had this fault, or know of any possible fixes I could try or things I should be looking for

    2nd Q: I am taking it that this fault means that there is a grounding problem with the motors, am I correct in saying this or is this just 1 of those fault codes that could mean anything?

    all posts and help appreciated

    Thanks

    Liam
     
     

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    Hi Liam,

    As this is your 1st post I've edited your thread title to include Year/Model/Body as per the forums T&C's, please could you do so in future.
    This will make your thread more visible to those members who can assist and for any future searches

    Good Luck in finding a solution.
     
     

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the info and edit
     
     

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    Where the battery is in the boot, there is a fuse in the plastic casing, check as this operates the hood also have you tryed a full reset
     
     

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    Thanks for the info, ill try that tonight, when you say full reset, do you mean put the top down and hold the down switch whilst turning the key back on?

    If so yes, if not then please let me know what you mean

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